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Virtual recording sessions for  Online Crow Dictionary 

Crow Language Consortium is working hard to continue their work even as COVID-19 restricts travel. Remote recording stations were set up on the Crow reservation to allow linguists to meet virtually with Crow speakers to review and record words and glosses for the upcoming online Crow dictionary. We're so grateful for the dedicated speakers and linguists, as well as the technology that has made it possible to continue revitalizing the Crow language through this time. The Sheridan Press did a great story on the work being done for this ambitious language project. Read it here!

Stoney Nakoda speakers have productive August

Stoney Nakoda speakers have been working extremely hard this August. Elders met with TLC linguist Corey Telfer to review the upcoming Stoney Nakoda textbook, to discuss the sound system of the language, and to transcribe Stoney stories over the course of two weeks.
The month was capped off with the Stoney Nakoda Professional Development Days. At the event, teachers from the Stoney Education Authority had the opportunity to learn about the sound system and were introduced to the textbook. Teachers were able to practice teaching a unit from the textbook during the event.
We are so thankful for the hours of work our Stoney Nakoda friends have contributed! 

Product Spotlight

First projects for Moose Cree completed

TLC is excited to announce the completion of the first projects for the Moose Cree language. Two picture books, ᑌᐦᑌᐎᔑᔥ (Froggy) and ᓂᑮ ᐙᐸᒫᐤ ᔑᑳᒄ! (I Saw a Skunk!), have been produced. These picture books are great resources for beginner Moose Cree learners. Each book tells a fun story with colorful illustrations while teaching basic Moose Cree phrases. As a companion to the books, the Moose Cree Media Player is also available to download from Google Play and App Store. The Media Player lets readers follow along with the book using augmented reality technology. Readers can hear the proper pronunciation of words in the book to practice their speaking skills.
The Ininew Friendship Centre will be distributing free books to community members at their Drive-by BBQ event September 11. For those outside the community, books are available for pre-order now!

Two new Wolastoqey picture books available

TLC is happy to be working with the Wolastoqiyik First Nations people of New Brunswick. The first project in this partnership is the release of two picture books Nkisi nomiya Apikellu! (I Saw a Skunk!) and Keq totoli olluhkahtuwok? (What Are They Doing?) and a Wolastoqey Media Player app. The books teach beginner speakers prepositions (Nkisi nomiya Apikellu!) and verbs (Keq totoli olluhkahtuwok?). These books likewise are accompanied by the Wolastoqey Media Player app to allow readers to hear the words pronounced by Native speakers through augmented reality technology. The Wolastoqey Media Player is available to download at Google Play and the App Store. The books are hot off the press and on their way to the community. Once they arrive later this month, community members can obtain free copies of these books by contacting Those outside the community can pre-order their copies now!

Upcoming Events

September 19-20 Crow Language Weekend

With schools starting back and everyone in learning mode, we're excited to announce the first Crow Language Weekend held virtually September 19-20. We encourage beginner speakers, especially high school students, to attend for the opportunity to work remotely with fluent Crow speakers. Anyone who has never attended a previous Crow language event will receive a FREE level 1 textbook. Registration ends September 13, so sign up today!

October 17-18 Lakota Language Weekend

Mark your calendars for the next virtual Lakota Language Weekend. Lakota Language Consortium is happy to partner with University of Denver to bring a virtual language learning opportunity to students this fall. Follow Lakota Language Consortium on Facebook to be the first to know when registration opens.
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